Italian Minister of Education attends Chinese Spring Festival Concert held by Confucius Classroom under Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza

[Source]    the Confucius Classroom in Convitto Nazionale [Time]    2015-04-17 17:44:22 

On February 25, 2015, the Confucius Classroom in Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” di Roma under the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza held a grand Chinese Spring Festival Concert. Many distinguished guests attended the concert, including Li Ruiyu, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Stefania Giannini, Italian Minister of Education, Professor Masini, Italian Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Associate Professor Zhang Hong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, and Associate Professor Ellie, Italian Executive Director. The national Italian television, RAI 2, videotaped the entire concert. China Radio International (CRI) made an exclusive interview and a report about it as well. The concert attracted an audience of 500 people, including teachers, students and their parents.

Ambassador Li Ruiyu shaking hands with Italian Minister of Education Stefania Giannini

Students of the school holding the magazine Instituto Confucio

After the speech delivered by the Headmaster of Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” di Roma, the concert started officially. Students of Grade One expressed their best wishes for the Chinese Spring Festival by cleverly using Chinese idioms containing the names of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac: among the best (shu yi shu er), very bullish (niu qi chong tian), forge ahead with the vigor of tiger (hu hu sheng wei) ..., which won warm applause from the audience. Students of Grade Two sang a medley of familiar Chinese songs such as Happy Chinese New Year and My Future Is Not a Dream, which made the other students in the audience clap hands and sing along with them. Students of Grade Three performed a sketch comedy Beijing Welcomes You, in which their fluent Chinese and lively performance carried the audience away. The song Invisible Wings was sung with piano accompaniment and guitar playing, which not only added a special flavor to the song, but also showed the students’ versatility. In the short play The Butterfly Lovers, when students of Grade Four -- with blonde hair and blue eyes but dressed in ancient Chinese costumes -- stepped on the stage, the audience burst out into laughter, and when the Italian “Liang Shanbo” shyly expressed his love to “Zhu Yingtai” in standard Mandarin, the whole atmosphere reached a climax.

Mr. Li Ruiyu, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, spoke highly of the children’s performances and praised them for their contribution to the friendly exchanges between China and Italy. Then Ambassador Li donated books to the library of the school and awarded certificates to those outstanding students who had passed the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). Ms. Giannini, Italian Minister of Education, said in her speech that sheep stands for friendliness, perseverance, concentration and reliability in traditional Chinese culture. She recognized these four virtues in the teachers and students of the school, and thus felt sincere admiration and appreciation for them. She added happily that in recent years not only more and more Chinese students came to Italy to study its language and culture, but more and more Italian students started to learn Chinese language and culture, and had made outstanding achievements, which was inseparable from the Confucius Institute’s strong support and its teachers’ professional teaching.

Short play – The Butterfly Lovers

A medley of songs by students of Grade Two

For more than one month, the teachers of the Confucius Institute devoted all their enthusiasm and efforts to assist students in preparing for their performances. They sacrificed their spare time to help with the rehearsals: singing, dancing, sketch comedy, and costume drama. They corrected students’ pronunciation of every word and sewed costumes for the drama. Therefore the success of the concert is the result of their efforts. While watching the students’ wonderful performances, the teachers sitting in the audience shed tears of excitement and happiness. After the concert, the parents were amazed by their children’s high-level performances and extended their heartfelt gratitude to teachers of the Confucius Institute for their hard work.

The Chinese Spring Festival Concert provided the students with a platform to show their Chinese language proficiency. Through their own hard work, they presented a spectacular audio-visual feast. Moreover, the concert became a bond linking the friendship and cultures between China and Italy, making more Italians experience the charm of Chinese New Year culture. It not only had a big impact in Rome, but also played an exemplary role in organizing cultural activities and promoting Chinese language in Lazio, Italy.


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